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The exnovation of linear economy as implied in the transition towards a reuse and sharing economy

Is the linear functioning of current production and consumption modes likely to be destabilized through active exnovation policies or other exnovation forces?


In Brussels, various functional and sharing economy initiatives have developed in the last years. Such initiatives are proposing the use of a good, rather than the selling of the good itself (ex: Cambio/car sharing).

Local authorities support those innovations as ways to promote the rational use of resources and to secure local jobs.

However, those innovations do not seem to replace well-established production and consumption modes (or not yet).

In GOSETE, we seek to address the following research questions:

Do business models and consumption practices based on property and extractivism (rather than on use and circularity) experience some kinds of destabilization? Do public authorities consider proactive measures towards this purpose? 

For more information on the origin of this research worksite: please read the complete dedicated article (in French)

If you are involved in this working area and you want to contribute to GOSETE by sharing your view: please contact us!

The first results of the GOSETE project for this working area

  • On the 31st of May we hold the workshop 'The transition to a circular economy in Brussels under the exnovation perspective: which policies to exit the linear model?'. This workshop gathered a serie of Brussels and Belgian actors to explore exnovation policies in three different sectors (construction industry, WEEE, shared mobility). Please find here the report (in French): GOSETE_workshop2_Compte-rendu_VF
  • The research reports 'The transition to a circular economy in Brussels from an exnovation perspective':
    • Actor's perception on delinearization (WP2/Transition Studies): GOSETE_D2.2
    • Extent of delinearization and potential impacts of the current path, the car-sharing example (WP3/Sustainability assessment): GOSETE_D3.2
    • The (legal) concept of waste, obstacle to transition? (WP4/Legal studies), the report: GOSETE_D4.3 and the powerpoint of the workshop (17/03/22): GOSETE_D4.3_PPT

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